Are you making a color wheel!? I would love to know if you are :) leave me a comment or email me and I will make a list in my sidebar, so I can keep up with you!
A quick project recap -
- In this post I showed you my large color wheel done in embroidery.
- In this post I shared the DMC numbers with you.
- In this post I showed you how I like to get started.
Now to start stitching! I start with 18" of floss, work one color at a time, and plan to go back with a second length as needed later. Let's start with a quick back stitch to mark the circle (if you want to!) -With the back stitch you start in the center and move to the back of the drawn line, work under and then insert where you began. Keep moving along the line with each new color of thread.
Seed stitch is my go to for filling in the gaps - I don't have a picture of the stitch in progress, but it is simply up and down, and for this project the more random the better!
Chain stitch or daisy chains are fun and quick! Once you get the hang of it you will want to make rows and rows of them. For this project I didn't put to many together, if ever. Making it random makes the project exciting!
Bring your needle up, then reinstert your needle into the same spot, and bring it up about a 1/4" or less away, wrap the floss around your needle and draw the thread out. Then insert on the other side of the loop created in your floss.
This one is a variation of a scallop stitch. Sometimes I add a french knot to the center, sometimes it is a flower if you add a longer stem. As far I'm concerned there are no rules to worry about breaking! Start by drawing your needle up, move over a bit insert needle and bring it up, tuck the floss under the needle before drawing it through and secure the floss with a stitch.
French knots. Why do these evoke fear in people? It's all in how you wrap the floss around the needle. I've had a bit of frustration with these too, but they are so nice, and simple once you get the hang of it!
Draw the needle up, then wrap once (I am using 6 strands of floss) from top to bottom, reinsert the needle, keeping the thread taut pull the needle to the back, making a knot on top. Easy - right!?
Keep working the section as long as your thread will let you. Try being random, even if it doesn't come easy, it wasn't for me at first, but is so relaxing now.
Now move on to your next color, and watch your own color wheel come to life!
Please let me know if you have questions, and I linked to HEN's stitch-a-day instructions if you need more clarification. Please let me know if you are stitching with me :)
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